CHOC-O-LATE. Simply uttering those three little syllables makes my mouth water. I have had a love affair with the stuff for as long as I can remember. In fact, there are very few things in my life that I would actually choose over a decadent piece of exquisitely made chocolate. And I have found the perfect place to feed into this little vice of mine.
Bittersweet - The Chocolate Boutique is a chocolate lover's reality. As I walked into this small boutique store devoted entirely to high-quality chocolate, I was struck by the exaggerated simplicity with which it presented its merchandise. There were no fancy gimmicks or unnecessary distractions, just row upon row of perfectly hand-crafted melt in your mouth chocolates on display. However, this isn't just an indulgence for the taste buds; all your senses will be pampered from the moment you walk into the store.
The sight, smell, touch and taste of the boutique and its chocolates will imprint itself in your memory just long enough to get you through to your next visit. Perhaps I sound a little obsessed right now, but any chocolate lover will be able to empathise with me. The only problem that you will encounter at Bittersweet is deciding on your sweet indulgence for one or many bites of heaven. The flavours seem almost limitless and accordingly your potential for happiness is infinite. Regardless of what kind of chocolate lover you are; whether you are an occasional indulger or considered connoisseur, you will find something to satiate your chocolate cravings.
Give in to temptation and experience these luscious treats for yourself.
Bittersweet Boutique insist on using the finest ingredients in all their creations, only using pure Callebaut Couverture chocolate and fresh dairy, nuts, fruits and liqueurs to fill and adorn their chocolates. Bittersweet's high standards means that no preservatives are added to the ganaches, truffles or buttercreams, so they are always kept at their best for your consumption. Just in case you need an excuse to indulge in your purchases immediately, it really is best to consume them as soon as you can.
The boutique boasts a selection of truffles; creams; liqueurs; fruit and nut; and caramel chocolates. There are far too many enticing flavours to list off for you here – 60 to be precise – and I wouldn't want to ruin the delightful journey of discovering each one for you. However, I will say this, each of these 60 inimitable flavours will tempt and tantalise your imagination and ultimately surpass your expectations. It is evident the attention to detail that goes into every piece of mouth-watering chocolate from concept to production.
Decisions, decisions… indulgence can be so difficult.
I would love to share a few of my favourite flavours with you now to give you just a hint as to what to expect. The pink salted caramel chocolate is definitely a must try. The incongruent mix of salty and sweet flavours plays across your tongue and finishes with the smooth and creamy taste of fine milk chocolate. I also indulged in a white coconut liqueur truffle. This very sweet treat was decadently creamy in the centre with a lightly textured coconut exterior to contrast. The subtle coconut flavour was infused with a delicate liqueur making this an unforgettable choice. For all those dark chocolate lovers out there, I also recommend the dark coffee cream. This piece had the perfect mix of coffee flavoured buttercream encased in a velvety rich dark chocolate. It was a delightful finish to my chocolate feast. However, please don't take my word for it. You really must go in store to experience these delectable delicacies first hand.
Embark on a bittersweet affair and indulge the senses.
Let me assure you however, these few examples are only the beginning of the exclusive range that Bittersweet offers. They also stock a selection of Belgian and French cocoa powders, perhaps you would like to make an authentic hot chocolate during these chilly winter months? Other merchandise includes coffee beans encased in chocolate; chocolate for cooking up something sweet for your loved ones and other pre-packaged chocolate products such as 50 gm and 100 gm blocks of milk or dark chocolate.
For small, personal indulgences you can tailor your purchase to suit you by selecting your favourite chocolates. This will cost you $15 per 100 gm. Or perhaps you would like to purchase a selection of chocolates as a gift for a loved-one. Each selection is presented in an unusually coloured, light green box that is unique to and characteristic of Bittersweet. You can purchase a 4 piece box of chocolates for $12; 8 pieces for $24; 12 pieces for $35; 24 pieces for $70; 48 pieces for $135 and 96 pieces for $265. Yes, you will pay a little more for this chocolate than your average corner store chocolate bar, but the taste is truly sublime. This family run business is dedicated and devoted to sharing its creations with Brisbane and for that I am most grateful. So make life a little sweeter by sharing these labours of love with all your friends and family. After all, life is short...and sweet.
A family run business that will leave you feeling good inside and out.